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Also, I lifted the front wheel and spin tested it. Eyeballing it for wobble it looks like about 1/8" deviation as it spins. I don't know how much it would take to produce the handling problems, but there it is.
Ask them to demonstrate any other bike in stock that has that much runout on the front tire. If they can’t find one to equal the runout on the tire they supplied you, smile and say “ Please try again with a replacement tire. This one is unsafe”!
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If you've got a local friend the quick and easy way to eliminate or confirm the wheel/tire as a culprit or contributor is to "substitute a known good part".

That is, swap the front wheel/tire from a Sportster riding buddy and go for a test ride. I mean it's pretty dead simple and quick to do and then you'll know.


I actually thought about trying to get them to re-mount my old worn out tire. But I don't think they keep old tires around after replacement. Unfortunately I don't know any other Sportster riders around me. I'm pretty sure a new tire/wheel off a showroom 2018 Iron would fit ...


Also, the tire is an official HD Dunlop 401.
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So they tried to smooth things over, but regardless of my video of the spinning tire with 1/8" side to side movement ...

The steering bearings are good, the tire is good, the rim is good

The wheel bearings were bad (well they showed me a couple of bearings that were fairly tight)

The manager assured my he took it up to triple digits and it was fine. Seems improved.

I rode it home.

you don't want to give it too much of a shake at speed, just a nudge, and it's ok

I took it up to 90 and it tracked fine, not jiggly

I still want to check it on the lift and spin the wheel.

But next up is to put some miles on the new tires on one of my favorite twisties.
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